Martis, 12 die Novembris; 1° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Mr. Solicitor General reports from the Committee
appointed to prepare a Bill for restoring Corporations, That they had prepared a Bill accordingly; which
they had directed him to present to the House.
The Bill was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time on Friday
Morning next, at Eleven a Clock.
Reversing Judgment against Sir W. Williams.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to
reverse the Judgment given in the Court of King's Bench
against Sir William Williams, in Prejudice of the Rights
and Freedoms of Parliament.
Sir Thomas Armstrong.
A Petition of the Lady Katherine Armstrong, late Wife
of Sir Thomas Armstrong, Knight, and Katherine, Jane, and
Mary, Daughters of the said Sir Thomas, was read; setting
forth, That the last Session the Petitioners presented their
Petition to the House; whereby they complained of the
unjust and illegal Execution in Trinity Term, 1684,
awarded by the late Lord Chief Justice Jeffryes, and the
rest of the Judges of the King's Bench, against the said
Sir Thomas Armstrong: And that he was thereupon
executed, and all his Estate of Twelve thousand Pounds
Value seized; whereby the Petitioners were reduced to
Want and Misery; and that, before the House came to
a Result therein, the Sessions ended: And therefore
praying the House would please to re-assume their miserable Case, and give them Relief.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to examine
the Matter thereof; and report the same to the House.
And it is referred unto Sir John Guise, Lord Falkland,
Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Arnold, Sir Rob.
Cotton, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Dolben, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr.
Baldwyn, Sir Jo. Moreton, Sir Cha. Raleigh, Mr. Christy,
Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Serjeant Trenchard, Mr. Gray,
Mr. Mansell, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Wm. Ellis, Sir Ralph
Dutton, Mr. Reynell, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Lee, Mr.
Niccolls, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Millner, Sir Gilb. Clerke, Mr. Foley, Mr. Buscawen, Colonel
Tipping, Mr. Chetwyn, Mr. Bockland, and all the Members that are of the Long Robe: And they are to meet
this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's
Chamber: And are to have Power to send for Persons,
Papers, and Records: And it is to be an Instruction to
the said Committee, That they do examine who were the
Judges that gave Sentence against Sir Thomas Armstrong,
and who were the Prosecutors of him, and who had his
Estate, and how the Petitioners may have Reparation;
and also to examine, What Proceedings were in order to a
Writ of Error by him desired, and how it came to be denied; and also, to state the Law as to Writs of Error in
criminal Cases: And they are to make their Report with
all convenient Speed.
Sir John Guise acquaints the House, That he was directed by the Committee appointed to inquire into the
Expences of the War the last Year, that they may have
Power to inquire after the Rates and Prices of the
Victuals of the Fleet; and from whom they were had;
and of the Goodness of them.
Resolved, That the said Committee have Power to
inquire after the Rates and Prices of the Victuals of the
Fleet; and from whom they were had; and of the Goodness of them.
Resolved, That the said Committee have Power also to
inquire into all Things relating to the Defects and Abuses
in the Victualing of the Navy the last Summer.